The Poetics of Color
Event Venue

Monday, 06:00 PM, 09 Jan 2012
Sinema , 11B Mount Sophia,,
Old School , #B1-12 ,Singapore 228466,

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Organizer Details

Event Type: Documentory
Name: Sundaram Tagore
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Event Description

January 9th 2012 at Sinema @ Old School, 11B Mount Sophia at 6pm.

The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar, a documentary written & Directed by gallerist and art historian Sundaram Tagore is screening his very first film in Singapore.

You are Invited for the Screening followed by light snacks and drinks

Recently premiered at the prestigious Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council film festival, the same festival that launched Mira Nair's The Namesake, Deepa Mehta's Water, and Slumdog Millionaire, Thursday,  November 11,  2010 was well received with a standing ovation.

December 27th 2011, Singapore The National Critics Choice Readers is pleased to voted The Poetics of Color for Best New Art Film Epic Documentary of the Year & Best New Director Sundaram Tagore. It has receive as The Best Art Film Language that money cant pronounced!

The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar is the first and only documentary to trace the roots of Asian artists contributions to contemporary American art. Written and directed by Sundaram Tagore, this one hour film explores about noted Indian painter Natvar Bhavsar. Rich depth visual imagery, the film welcomes the vibrant village of Gothava, India, and follows Bhavsar journeys to New York City in 1960s. The lens of one artists life, this documentary develops insights into the South Asian diaspora.

His first film, Tagore recovers a forgotten history. Chronicling the life of an Indian artist, Tagore reveals a little-known facet of American art history. Its common today for South Asian artists to work cross-culturally and find critical and commercial acceptance,Bhavsar was a pioneer who paved the way for subsequent generations of immigrant artists. Today, almost 50 years after his arrival in New York, Bhavsar has been recognized & extended the language of visual art. Last year, one of Bhavsars largest paintings was a central focus of the Guggenheim Museum exhibition The Third Mind.

The structure of the documentary captures the nature of the increasingly globalized art world. An immigrant in a new city, Bhavsar settles into a loft in SoHo, falls in love with an American woman, and comes of age as an artist in the turbulent 1960s. Sequences in Bhavsars studio document the artists unique technique as he works like a Tibetan mandala painter sifting dry-pigment granules onto massive canvases on the floor. Then viewers are transported to the chaos of the streets of India before traveling back in time to New York City in the 1970s, when the contemporary American art scene was exploding with creativity.

At the core of the films narrative are interviews with some of the most renowned figures in the art world, including critics and authors Irving Sandler and Robert Morgan, and Guggenheim Museum curator Alexandra Munroe. These scholars put Bhavsars work into historical context and shed light on the inter-cultural nature of his artwork.

The documentarys strength lies not only in its storytelling, but its compelling cinematography. The central narrative of the film is intercut with intensely visual sequences. Viewers will find themselves saturated with dramatic imagery, including numerous examples of Western and Indian contemporary art.

Sundaram Tagore is a New York-based art historian and gallerist with galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. He was the first gallerist to focus exclusively on globalization, assembling a roster of artists from around the world. A descendant of the influential Indian poet and Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, he promotes East-West dialogue through his contributions to numerous exhibitions as well as his eponymous galleries and their multicultural and multidisciplinary events. A candidate for a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Oxford, Tagore writes for many art publications. He has worked with numerous arts organizations, including The Peggy Guggenheim Foundation, Venice, Italy, and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. He has also served as an advisor for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the United Nations. In 1999, he was named one of the 100 most influential Asian Americans in the United States by Avenue Magazine and he was recently the subject of a 30-minute interview on the arts on CNNs Talk Asia.

Written and directed by Sundaram Tagore
Produced by STG Productions
Edited by David Schiliro
Assistant editor: Adam Perez
Original score: Samrat Chakrabarti
USA, 2010 60 minutes English

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